That Artsy Reader Girl.
This week's theme: Bookish Pet Peeves.
Here are some of mine...in no particular order.
👎 Overuse of the word smirk in romance and YA novels. Especially when the author uses it wrong. Smirk is neither cute nor flirty. It's an irritatingly smug or condescending smile; a sneer or a snigger. And when it's used ten or more times in the same book it drives me crazy!
👎 Love triangles. Enough said.
👎 When authors write dialogue without using quotation marks. What's up with that? Who decided that was a good idea? It's annoying enough to make me want to DNF the book. (Inane or badly written dialogue bugs me, too.)
👎 Stupid heroines! It drives me crazy when an otherwise intelligent character does something stupid like wander into an abandoned warehouse at night looking for a murderer without telling anyone where she's going. Honest mistakes are one thing; blatant stupidity is another.
👎 Manufactured conflict. Like when the two main characters in a romance novel end up in a long drawn out fight or angsty separation that goes on for pages and pages over some silly misunderstanding that could have been resolved with a simple 30 second conversation.
👎 Cliffhanger endings! Especially when the next book hasn't even been written yet.
👎 An unsatisfying ending to what was an otherwise awesome trilogy.
(Yes, I'm talking to you Suzanne Collins!)
👎 And don't get me started on people who borrow books but never return them!
There's my short list of bookish pet peeves. Can't wait to hear some of yours.